Mintek Mobile Data Solutions Offers 10 Preventive Maintenance
Suggestions to Cut Energy Consumption, Increase Profitability

DUNEDIN, FLA.— November 1, 2005 — With energy costs expected to jump as much as 50 percent or higher in some areas of the United States this winter, there is no better time to evaluate the effectiveness of preventive maintenance (PM) efforts. Without proper PM, energy is wasted and profits literally evaporate into thin air. Mintek Mobile Data Solutions, the lodging industry’s leading provider of asset management tools such as WinTrack PM, offers the following 10 tips to reduce the impact of escalating energy costs:
  1. Improperly maintained air handlers can waste up to 32 percent of the energy they consume. Check HVAC controls for proper calibration. Also inspect system insulation for moisture. Replace insulation if necessary.
  2. Clean cooling towers regularly and consider using acid treatments in the water to reduce scale deposits. In addition to deposits, towers are subject to clogged nozzles, poor air flow and inferior pump performance.
  3. Check all duct work for air leaks and repair where appropriate. Air ducts should be cleaned monthly.
  4. Ensure that all doors and windows are closed and sealed appropriately on a scheduled basis. Check for worn and cracked caulking. Replace where needed.
  5. Check all electrical systems for loose connections or poor motor conditions. Without proper PM, these systems typically generate a five to 10 percent energy loss. 
  6. In the kitchen, clean refrigerator condenser coils at least every three months. Also be sure to defrost freezers frequently. Frost build-up reduces efficiency.
  7. Also in the kitchen, clean interior oven walls and elements to improve heat transfer, and regularly clean grease and food particles from exhaust hoods.
  8. Check pool temperatures regularly to ensure thermostats are working correctly. Also clean filters and strainer baskets. 
  9. In the laundry room, clean dryer lint screens at least once each day. 
  10. Dust lamps regularly. Dusty lamp coverings reduce light output and create the need for additional lighting. According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Energy Assistance Directors’ Assn., dust can cut light output by as much as 25 percent. 

The Role of WinTrack PM

Traditionally, engineers have relied on board- and paper-based processes to manage PM. For various reasons—a work order is lost, the engineer does not actually go to the piece of equipment, etc.—opportunities to eliminate energy waste are missed. What Mintek Mobile Data Solutions’ WinTrack PM does, however, is ensure that proper PM gets done.

Produced by Dunedin, Fla.-based Mintek Mobile Data Solutions, WinTrack PM utilizes mobile devices and bar coding technology to streamline the PM process. Bar codes placed on equipment are scanned before and after each PM. Questions appearing on the handheld guide the user through each maintenance step. Based on answers, work orders are automatically generated. If a meter reading is out of range, WinTrack PM can generate a warning message. The system’s Maintenance Portal centralizes reporting so that work can be monitored from anywhere there is Internet access. 

“At a glance I can see in red which PMs are past due,” says the director of engineering at a 395-room hotel in Falls Church, Va. “That helps me with scheduling.”

“We do pool readings, meter readings, OSHA inspections, fire pump inspections and use it for work orders, rounds and PMs on all equipment,” adds the chief engineer at a large Tampa, Fla., area hotel. “What I like about WinTrack PM is the accountability. With this system you must physically go to the piece of equipment to scan a bar code. It lets me know that my engineers were there.”

WinTrack PM, which has been implemented in more than 275 hotels throughout North America, also records the history of every item that is checked, its associated replacement parts, as well as serial number and warranty information. 

“Each part of WinTrack PM ensures that energy is saved where it can be saved,” says Mark Sokol, director of product marketing for Mintek Mobile Data Solutions. “Studies have shown that when being proactive rather than reactive with maintenance, savings related to energy and asset replacement can be as much as 12 percent to 18 percent on average. Without a doubt, a well designed PM program can help maximize energy efficiency.”

About Mintek Mobile Data Solutions:

Mintek Mobile Data Solutions, based in Dunedin, Fla., provides asset management for the lodging industry beyond the traditional ‘property.’ The Mintek Lodging Asset Management Suite is the lodging industry’s first industry-specific asset management solution. The Suite provides for management oversight, notification and includes the following planning tools: WinTrack Asset Director, PM, Maintenance Portal, Work Order Kiosk and Alerts. By improving the maintenance and capital planning of all of a property’s assets, the Suite results in lower costs and an improved guest experience. Mintek’s solutions have been implemented in 275 hotels. By the end of 2005, Mintek will have licensed its asset solutions to more than 1,000 properties. For more information, call Mark Sokol, director of product marketing, at (727) 734-9175, or go to: www.mintek.com


Mark Sokol
Director of Product Marketing
Mintek Mobile Data Solutions
(727) 734-9175
E-mail: mark.sokol@mintek.com

Glenn Hasek, President
Hasek Communications
(440) 243-2055; cell: (216) 702-0334
E-mail: hasekcom@aol.com

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